Flying Lotus has released a new song and an accompanying video titled “Remind U.” The song is an instrumental that creates a surreal experience that emulates the psychedelic period of music. The song is featured on Flamagra’s Instrumentals which has been released as a limited edition 2LP, per the press release.
In the video the viewer goes through a journey of exploration in this surreal world that moves through a collage. The images included within the collage are a mixture of moving and still images that have been carefully placed. Each image that is moving replicates a sound from the song. At one point in the motion of the little yellow submarine, which is actually a fish and the point of view of the music video, there is a pair of young cheerleaders clapping their hands as the viewer hears clapping in the instrumental as well.
Sonically the song begins with a very calming piano and quickly starts to layer in multiple sounds. There are sounds of engines revving, clapping, an electric drum kit, synths and bells. The aesthetic of the song sounds ethereal if sound could be emulated into an existential experience. The song could be interpreted as a trip through space, even if you hadn’t watched the accompanying video yet.
Flying Lotus released a music video for his song “Black Balloon Reprise” in December of 2019. The video reminds the viewer of the inevitable for all living things, which is death. In the video the artist goes through different things such as being stuck in alleyway and getting a blood transfusion, and at one point in the video the artist lifts his shirt to reveal his tee-shirt with late rap artist Mac Miller who passed of an overdose in 2018.
Flying Lotus was recently scheduled to perform a show that would have happened on July 5 if coronavirus calmed and permitted large gatherings. The show would have been held at the Hollywood Bowl with Kamasi Washington.
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